Do the Ravens have a snowball's chance in the desert of containing Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer?
When the Ravens face the Cardinals on Monday night in Arizona, excuse Palmer if he can’t wait for the pre-game intros to finish and for the game to begin. Four quarterbacks have already thrown for more yards against the Ravens this season than any other opponent.
Week 2 vs. Raiders
Derek Carr, 30 for 46, 351 yards, 3 TD, I INT, QB rating 100.9
Week 3 vs. Bengals
Andy Dalton, 20 for 32, 383 yards, 3 TD, I INT, QB rating 122.3
Week 5 vs. Browns
Josh McCown, 36 for 51, 457 yards, 2 TD, O INT, QB rating 111.3
Week 6 vs. 49ers
Colin Kaepernick, 16 for 27, 340 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, QB rating 128.2
Seeing Kaepernick look so good against the Ravens, then look so bad against the Seahawks four days later should concern you if you are a Ravens’ fan. Meanwhile, Palmer is already having one of his best seasons. In fact, only three quarterbacks have thrown for more yards - Philip Rivers of the Chargers, Dalton, and Matt Ryan of the Falcons.
Palmer was politically correct when asked about facing the Ravens’ defense during a conference call.
“Whatever struggles they may have had in the past or this season, you’ve got to be ready to play your best football to beat them,” Palmer said. “Especially playing in a nationally televised game and having a chance to play on Monday Night Football. (To) get back on the winning track is of the utmost important to them right now, and we know that.”
However, if the Ravens don’t raise their level of play defensively, it could be a long night for them in the desert.
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